Has anyone catered their own wedding…

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
873 posts
Busy bee

I did a casual out door wedding so we did BBQ burgers/veg burgers, a corn boil and side salads (past/potato). I had a couple friends run the bbq and a caterer brought the salads. I spent about $4 or $5/person. I was on a very low budget with a high guest list so it worked wel for me

Post # 4
873 posts
Busy bee

oops, my mistake. We actually spent about $2.50 per person!

Post # 6
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I went to a wedding where the family grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, and bratwurst on the grill.  The had close family and friends make side salads, and bake cupcakes.  It worked very well and was fun.  It is probably the way I’d go if I were to cater my own wedding.  It is really easy to cook and inexpensive

Post # 7
1682 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did a pasta bar for 220 people ourselves. 

We bought everything from Gordon Food Service and Sams Club. 

We had 2 different pastas (bowtie and something else small), 2 sauces (alfredo and marinara), options of sausage or grilled chicken, rolls and salads. Drinks were water and lemonade (it was a dry wedding). 

Everything was cooked the day before (I enlisted help from my hostess and her mom who both have professional cooking experience) and then we put it out in big roasting pans that day and did it as a buffet line.  Everyone loved it!

We did it for about $2.75 a person (not counting dessert). 

Post # 9
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve known people who have catered their own weddings – a friends of my son and daughter did the catering for their recent wedding and the food was lovely. It was also a considerable saving on getting caterers in. However, it was quite a lot of work and had the friend who catered had to miss part of the wedding day in order to have everything ready and served. She was happy about this and is experienced in cooking and serving to large groups. That said, there were only 80 evening guests and the food was not a sit-down plated meal. Instead, it was “upmarket buffet” padded out with really good cheese, salads and cake.

I’m not sure what you mean by “traditional wedding” food, as such but for sure, a BBQ type meal is the easiest and least stressful. If you have 120 people to feed then whoever does the catering needs to be know how to cook and serve food in these quantities. 


Post # 10
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We did all our own appetizers and our taco bar.  It was a LOT of work!  We had about 110 people at the wedding.  And it took about 6-8 of us to get everything ready.  Plus I had a helper who set everything out and she wasn’t cheap but my in-laws paid for her.

I can’t imagine doing all my own dinner food too especially if you want something other than burgers/brats.

For the record, I don’t think “picnicky” food is non-traditional as I know lots of people go that route, especially for outdoor weddings.  We had that at our wedding and it was a beautiful, outdoor event.  You can dress it up by having nice sides.  And everyone raved about the food.

Post # 11
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@birdy88:  Here are two couples that did their own food:


Young House Love (Mother of all DIYers!)


Fed 75 ppl.

Wine & Drinks: $100
Cupcakes & S’mores: $125
Table & Chair Rentals: $350
Centerpieces: $70
Save The Dates/Invitations/Thank Yous (With Postage): $260
Favors: $75
Servingware: $250
Fabric For Tablecloths & Runners: $300
Lighting & Candles: $120

TOTAL: $1900 or $25pp

(Note they had very generous guests man the grill)



2000 Dollar Wedding:


80 ppl

Margarita Machine: -$232
Whole Foods: -$317
King Soopers’s (Food): -$372
Sam’s Club (Food): -$403
Boxed Wine: -$80
Beer Kegs: -$140
Cakes: -$178
Wedding Favors: -$21
Fabric for Cloth Napkins: -$50
Tablecloths: -$33
Compostable Forks, Spoons, Bowls, and Cups: -$64

TOTAL: $1809 or $24pp


Post # 12
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mtbikelover:  I was thinking about doing something similar, but I’m at a loss as to how to find or hire helpers!

Do you mind if I ask how you found the woman you hired? Was she a part of an agency or did you find her on Craigslist or something? haha


I know that between my family, my fiance and I we would have food prep (beforehand) handled, but on the day of, we aren’t really sure how to actually get the food out to the buffet/maintain it because we will all be too busy. 

Post # 13
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ladybrick:  She was a woman that my in-laws use to help around their house, particulary yard work. 

We prepped everything in the days leading up to the wedding.  The morning of, the kitchen was full of women arranging the trays.  We did all cold stuff for the appetizers so nobody had to cook anything.  And the taco stuff was in crock pots and were left on all day.

I gave her a list of what time I wanted all the food brought out and she got it all done!  She really was a godsend.  She even put all the extra food away so we didn’t have to throw it out.

Ask your friends o rfamily if they have a housekeeper or someone that is very organized to do this.

Post # 14
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ladybrick:  Oh…I should add.  The wedding was in my in-laws yard so it was very easy for us to make and store everything until it was needed.

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